March 15, 2008

A fun little book...



This was a delightful little book that I did last summer. It arrived the other week in a box on the porch, as they all do. It's sort of a vacation activity book. It was fun to draw pictures of going on a vacation even if I wasn't going on one myself.

The book comes with a little 35mm film camera for the kids to take photos. I don't know if drug stores even process film anymore... but maybe they do.

I am very pleased with how my hybrid real/digital technique comes out in print. It seems like the results are so much more than I could ever get with just paint alone.

It's always fun to explore new techniques that you didn't even know existed in Photoshop. I've been Photoshopping for 7 years now and I'm still learning new things all the time.

4 comments:

rebecca said...

Ah, the box on the porch! How nice it is that you are pleased with what was inside! (Sometimes I have to let my newly arrived copies "sit" for a day or two because the printed version of the art is such a letdown. After a little time spent steeping -- or stewing -- sometimes they look better to me.) But not so for you! This book looks quite wonderful right outta the box, John! I just ordered myself a copy! Since you commented on how effective (and satisfying) it is for you to combine traditional and digital media for one piece, I want to know (and see) more!
Are you going to show any images/video of creating the art for this book? I always LOVE seeing your process.

John Nez said...

Thanks for buying a copy.... although I don't have any royalties on that one, it's a nice gesture. It's really just a collection of spot illustrations.

Anyhow, I'd encourage any illustrator to become very, very, very good friends with Photoshop.

And I am planning on doing some step by steps on my process of making art. I was mostly thinking for that distant day when I might do the rounds at schools.

:0)

Sam said...

I just saw this - what a great idea!!

Christiane said...

This looks like a fun book to do and also to own I guess! I like activity books, you seem to have more of those in the US than we have over here in Europe..